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Check out Gates and Rookie, new members of the Disney Clydesdales family in Orlando

January 22nd, 2014 | by Sherry Barkas | Comments
Clydesdales Gates and Rookie have joined a herd of more than 90 horses at Tri-Circle-D Ranch in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Photo ©Disney

Clydesdales Gates and Rookie have joined a herd of more than 90 horses at Tri-Circle-D Ranch in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Photo ©Disney

It’s a ways away from Anaheim, but the photo of two new Clydesdales at Walt Disney World in Orlando is hard to ignore. Such beautiful horses.

Plus it ties in with the Chinese New Year, which this year celebrates the Year of the Horse.

The Clydesdales join a herd of more than 90 horses and ponies at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch in the Walt Disney World Resort.

Named Gates and Rookie, they each weigh about 1,800 pounds and are 18 hands tall, Jackie Ogden, vice president of Animals, Science and Environment for Disney Parks, writes on her Jan. 22 blog, http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/01/its-the-year-of-the-horse-what-better-time-to-share-news-from-the-tri-circle-d-ranch-at-the-walt-disney-world-resort/.

“A hand, which was originally based on the breadth of a human hand, equals 4 inches,” Ogden explains.

Rookie and Gates will be starting their training program this week. Soon after, guests will be able to meet them during wagon rides, which leave from the front of Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, and carriage rides, also at Fort Wilderness Resort as well as Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.

I didn’t know that the Walt Disney World Resort also offers pony and trail rides throughout its Fort Wilderness Resort.

LUNAR CELEBRATION AT DISNEYLAND

Disneyland will be celebrating the Lunar New Year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, at Paradise Gardens in California Adventure.

Throughout the celebration, a Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers and Vietnamese and Korean dance groups will join Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mulan and Mushu in Paradise Garden for the celebration, Erin Glover, social media director for Disneyland Resort, posted in her blog, http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/01/happy-lunar-new-year-celebration-returns-to-disney-california-adventure-park/.

Guests can also make paper lanterns, discover their Zodiac animals and more.

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